This week, a parade of politicians will visit the Gulf Coast, voicing concern for the region devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita two years ago. If they venture beyond the usual drive-by photo-ops, they’ll discover a region still reeling in crisis -- and desperately looking to the nation for help.

As we document in our recent report, "Blueprint for Gulf Renewal: The Katrina Crisis and a Community Agenda for Action, thousands of Gulf Coast" residents are still in limbo or sliding backwards. Over 60,000 people are still in “temporary

“$116 billion is not a useful number,